DNAInfo has published an article highlighting the work of the El Barrio/East Harlem Youth Violence Task Force that our office formed this summer to address the increased level of violence we have been seeing in our community.
The East Harlem/El Barrio Youth Violence Task Force was formed during a rise in shootings last summer and has been meeting with kids at East Harlem housing projects, where gang feuds have many afraid of venturing beyond their immediate neighborhoods.
At James Weldon Johnson Houses, teenagers griped that a long-promised community center had yet to open. At Taft Houses, youths told the group that their last basketball court had been turned into a parking lot.
The task force, led by City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, doesn’t want to become another in a long list of well-meaning coalitions that outline problems and disappear. It wants solutions. Members are lobbying housing officials to expand recreational outlets at Johnson and Taft, and planning to do more of the same as they hear of problems in the rest of East Harlem’s public housing developments.
To read the full article, click here. You can keep up with the work of the Task Force by e-mailing Elsie Encarnacion (firstname.lastname@example.org) and requesting to be added to the e-mail list.